The conflict between Russia and Georgia is reverberating at Bend, Ore.-based Epic Aircraft, which in late June temporarily moved its sole Epic Elite Jet prototype to partner Tbilisi Aircraft Manufacturing’s (TAM) facility in Georgia for demonstration and marketing purposes. The two companies formed a joint venture several years ago to develop the eight-seat Tam-Air Elite Jet for the Russian and CIS markets.
Jet Aviation has implemented an online registration system for aircraft planning to visit any of its worldwide locations, including Geneva and Zurich, Switzerland; Düsseldorf, Germany; London Biggin Hill, UK; Singapore; Jeddah and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; Bedford, Mass.; Dallas; Teterboro, N.J.; and West Palm Beach, Fla. Aircraft operators can reserve aircraft services, hotel rooms, ground transportation and catering online at www.
Farnborough International Limited (FIL), organizer of the Farnborough International airshow, will collaborate with the Kingdom of Bahrain on a new show to be held in January 2010. The Royal Bahrain Air Show will take place over three days at the Sheikh Isa Airbase in Bahrain.
Middle East FBO activity is accelerating, with a United Arab Emirates company planning to build an FBO at the new Al Maktoum International Airport and an Abu Dhabi company announcing plans to convert a former military airport into the region’s first dedicated executive airport.
Farnborough International Limited (FIL), organizers of the Farnborough International airshow, will collaborate with Bahrain on a new airshow in January 2010.
Farnborough Aerospace Consortium (FAC), an aerospace and defense association that supports 1,200 related companies in southern England, has opened new offices in New Delhi and Mumbai. The moves follow the success achieved in the UAE, where member companies have been operating from offices in Abu Dhabi and Dubai since 2007. FAC acts as a facilitator for business between large global primes and supply chains.
The 2010 Singapore Airshow (Hall 2 Stand B9) has taken reservations for 80 percent of its available space just five months after this year’s inaugural event. Managing director Jimmy Lau is here at Farnborough aiming to sign firm contracts for 30 percent of that area and had already received 15 percent after Farnborough’s opening day. “We have to keep the momentum going,” Lau said yesterday.
Middle East-based carrier Qatar Airways plans to show its new executive shuttle-configured Airbus A319 Corporate Jetliner at the Dubai 2001 airshow in the United Arab Emirates next month. The airplane is expected to take part in the flying show on opening day, November 4, and remain on the static display line for the remainder of the four-day event.
The first annual Gulf VIP Executive Jet, Luxury Yacht & Elite Car Interiors exhibition is scheduled for November 11 to 13 at the Bahrain International Exhibition & Convention Center and Bahrain International Airport.
Jordanian executive charter provider Arab Wings (Booth No. 666) arrived in Geneva this week anticipating yet another new addition to its growing fleet–a Citation CJ1+ based in Amman–by June or July. The former subsidiary of Royal Jordanian Airlines earlier this year took a new Gulfstream G450, and plans to see its fleet expand to 13 airplanes by 2012.